I got this timber birdhouse from Target (on clearance), but I often see similar ones at craft store such as Michaels.
Note that between every layer, I set the medium with a heat tool before moving to the next layer to prevent any unwanted colour blend. For the gesso and texture paste, I like to use the heat tool quite close so that the medium bubbles up to create additional texture. Just be sure to move it before it starts to discolour.
I knew that I was going to be using a large number of die cut images for this project, so I opted to take advantage of the pre-coloured images that come with this collection, along with the matching die cuts. they have all been shaped with a stylus to create dimensional embellishments.
1) Paint the whole birdhouse with gesso to prime the surface.
2) Apply random thick swipes of texture paste across the project. Sprinkle microbeads into the paste before drying.
3) Swipe crackle paint across select areas of the project and dry.
4) Glue some swirl chipboard pieces onto the roof. Paint with gesso, and dry. Adhere some clear glass glitter to the chipboard. Add some small pieces of mesh tape across the project.
5) Apply layers of paint mist in pale pink, pale green turquoise and maroon. Heat between layers, to retain the integrity of each colour.
6) Front panel: cut a circular image and adhere over the opening. Cut away the inner window with a craft knife. Adhere a die cut floral on either side of the frame, along with a large hummingbird image, and a smaller one on the opposite side. Stamp, ink and die cut a large orchid flower and adhere behind the bird. Cut a decorative strip from patterned paper and adhere to the roof eave.
7) Roof panel 2: Adhere a large floral image along with a large bird image to the left side near the chipboard. Cut a decorative sentiment strip from patterned paper, and shape into a banner. Adhere across the base of the roof panel. Adhere to small bird row over the top.
8) Back panel: Die cut a decorative window from pink patterned paper. It will come out in two sections. Die cut the inner frame only from floral paper, and line the back of the window. Mount the inner window with foam dots, into the outer frame. Adhere a large bird image to the left side.
9) Roof panel 1: Stamp the quote onto a medium paper panel. Colour with watercolour pencils. Adhere with foam dots to the centre of the roof overlapping the chipboard. Adhere large floral die cuts on either side of the quote. Layer small birds over the florals. Stamp, ink and die cut small and medium orchids. Layer and adhere to the top right of the roof panel, overlapping the florals.
10) Side panel 1: Create a small cluster by combining a floral die cut with a large handmade orchid. Tuck a small bird above the orchid, and a decorative strip tucked under the left side of the orchid.
11) Side panel 2: Use the scroll hummingbird image as a background for a large handmade orchid (remove the beak) Add a decorative strip to the left of the cluster.
12) Use a fine metal tip to apply glue to select details all over the project and apply fine glitter.
About the designer
Alicia Barry is from Brisbane, Australia. She is a passionate mom, dedicated design team member, scrapbooker, and likes to dabble in photography. See more of her creations at: Leisha's Blog.